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Last approved: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:06:58 GMT

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Biology II
Biology II
Fall 2016
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students in the post-baccalaureate certificate in pre-medicine program
completion of HSCI 3201 or an equivalent 4-credit general biology I course

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Biological diversity (microbes, protists, invertebrates and vertebrates), animal physiology, and ecology. Didactic lectures are augmented by a corresponding practical laboratory component.
Upon successful completion of the didactic portion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the levels of organization of multicellular organisms
2. Explain the structure, function and development of the major organ systems in animals
3. Describe the mechanisms, principles and processes involved in the maintenance of homeostasis in animals
4. Discuss the main features of animal development and its regulation at the molecular level.
5. Contrast different life forms at increasing levels of complexity and their structure-function, reproduction, feeding strategies and distribution
6. Examine strategies used by different organisms to adapt to their environment.
7. Describe how biological communities are organized.
8. Relate the basic principles of ecology to the diversity and distribution of organisms on the earth
9. Outline the main principles governing ecosystems and describe how the activities of humans affect ecosystems.

Upon successful completion of the laboratory portion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply all written procedures, demonstrate laboratory note taking skills, recording and analyzing data.
2. Engage in open-ended investigations to complement the material covered in the didactic lecture.
3. Perform biology laboratory skills such as dissection to understand the basic mammalian anatomy.
4. Explain the organization of the human nervous and sensory system.
5. Demonstrate the use of the NCBI Taxonomy Database.
6. Explain the organization of ecosystem and the interactions of biological life forms in the ecosystem.
7. Classify bacteria based on their biochemical characteristics and perform simple staining.
8. Examine and present peer reviewed scientific data.
Offered through SMHS for students admitted into the new post-bac certificate in pre-med. Pre-med certificate program will be located at VSTC and is specifically targeted to career changers seeking to enter medical and health professional schools.
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Revised syllabus, approved by HSCC in September 2016, with minor changes to overall course description and learning objectives.
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